25 December 2013

Christmas Cardinal Nail Art

Last year while I was looking for Christmas nail art inspiration I came across this gorgeous cardinal manicure at Nailed Daily and fell totally in love. I wanted to try it immediately! I'd only just barely begun trying to paint things that looked like actual things, though, so I bookmarked it with a little wishful thinking and said, "Maybe next year..." Then I was reminded of it a couple of days ago and thought, "Ohai, next year! Let's go for it." I mean, worst case scenario, it's awful, and we pretend it never happened. But I was pleasantly surprised!

Christmas cardinal nail art

This is quite possibly my favourite manicure I have ever done. I mean, the thing looks like an actual thing! This makes me so giddy I can not even. Tons of room for improvement, sure, whatever, but I literally did a stampy little happy dance. Even my sadness at being near the end of this bottle of China Glaze Sea Spray did not diminish my glee at painting an actual thing. Thank you acrylic paint, Orly striper, and hand-cut little paintbrushes! (And of course, Nailed Daily for the wonderful inspiration.)

Christmas cardinal nail art

Even if this isn't an overtly "Christmas" design, it absolutely is to me because of my grandmothers. Every year I hang a cardinal on my tree. He actually came as a gift, from my Gam's tree to mine, and he reminds me of all the Christmases when I was little, when the trees at my grandparents' houses were the biggest, most beautiful, most brilliantly sparkling things in the whole wide world. I didn't know then that a cardinal on your Christmas tree is meant to bring good luck for the coming year, but Gam and Grandmama both had cardinals; therefore, cardinals equaled Christmas.

Christmas cardinal nail art

I really hated to take these off. I loved them so, so much, and they were so much fun to do! I think winter berries might just become my "off-season" cherry blossom nail art. (^_^)

Merry Christmas, everyone!

18 comments:

  1. Stunning! Absolutely favorite-worthy! Just stumbled upon your awesome blog - Yay & Merry Christmas!
    P.S. Cardinals, Grammie & Christmas go together for me too. ;)

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  2. Stunning, I always enjoy looking at your nail art.

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  3. These are so, so beautiful!! :D <3

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  4. They look lovely, you're right to be proud.

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  5. This is so beautiful and very eye-catching. I also love Sea Spray for the background. It's one of my favourite polishes, like ever!

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  6. This is really beautiful Elizabeth!

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  7. :-) Something similar happened to me with my Christmas Nativity on stained glass manicure :-) so I can perfectly understand you :-) Stampy little dance? I danced too! :-)
    I love your manicure, you have all the reasons to be happy, it came out perfectly! :-)
    I wish that this cardinal brings you a lot of good luck in new year! :-)
    Merry Christmas!!! :-)

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  8. This came out beautifully, Elizabeth! Your cardinal is so cute!

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  9. You should be so proud of this and that cardinal! What a cutie ;-)
    This looks so real...I feel like I'm really in a wintery scene!

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  10. That is simply gorgeous! The red really pops against the background colour, too! Love this!:)

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  11. Wow this is really amazing! Im totally speechless

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  12. Oh wow, this is totally amazing, Elizabeth! :D
    Hope you and yours had a most wonderful Christmas! <3

    ~ Yun

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  13. O-M-G!!! this is so beyond amazing... i'm speechless :D
    you should be proud, this is really really great... one of the best manicures i have ever seen <3

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